Bergson, Henri - Time and Free Will - Emotion and the 5 senses
Type of Spiritual Experience
We have some confirmation that contrasting emotions are all one function, and we have confirmation that we should be wary of then assuming that the degrees of sensory stimulus somehow equate exactly with the intensity of emotion felt.
Thus when the physical sensory stimulus is converted to a non physical ‘software’ emotion and degree of intensity, we cannot assume that the conversion takes place on a simple sliding scale. The scale may even be one which reduces the intensity by degrees in order that the sensation is not overwhelming
A description of the experience
Henri Bergson – Time and Free Will
The fact is that there is no point of contact between the unextended and the extended, between quality and quantity. We can interpret the one by the other, set up the one as the equivalent of the other; but sooner or later, at the beginning or at the end, we shall have to recognise the conventional character of this assimilation…….
Physics whose particular function it is to calculate the external cause of our internal states, takes the least possible interest in these states themselves; constantly and deliberately it confuses them with their cause.